News from FABBS

Academies Kicks Off Study on Scientific Misinformation

January 13, 2023

In mid-December, the National Academies held the first meeting of a committee formed to assess the causes and extent of misinformation about science. Motivated by growing concern about the potential negative consequences of inaccuracies, the report will recommend ways to minimize the spread of science misinformation and limit its harms. The study is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and specifically the Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences Division of

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Biden Signs New Pandemic Preparedness Memo

October 27, 2022

On October 18, President Biden signed a national security memorandum intended to prepare the U.S. to detect, respond to, and mitigate the consequences of the next large-scale viral or biological threat. The memo is addressed to 20 federal agencies, with the National Science Foundation notably missing from the list. The memo directs agencies to prioritize biodefense and pandemic preparedness and provide further research and development of tools that would help expand the

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Trans-NIH Initiative Builds Research Network to Measure Emotional Well-Being

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) hosted the final spring 2022 session of the NCCIH Integrated Medicine Research Lecture series, titled “Advancing Research on Emotional Well-Being and Regulation of Eating” (see the recording here). The lecture featured Elissa Epel, Ph.D., past President of The Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and past FABBS Council Representative. 

Dr. Epel’s talk highlighted opportunities for engagement and findings from

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NIH OBSSR Matilda White Riley Honors Behavioral Scientists

June 9, 2022

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) virtually hosted the 15th NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors on June 3rd to honor distinguished scholars in the behavioral and social  sciences. Matilda White Riley, who passed in 2004, was a pioneer in the fields of sociology and gerontology and a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). This event commemorates Dr. Riley’s commitment to

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